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David Tarkington
Orange Park, FL
Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church of Orange Park & the First Family Network
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Is this some horror-story version of the movie Groundhog Day? We have heard this story, or similar ones, before. "A black man is killed by a police officer - film at eleven." "Video footage of the killing of a black... Continue reading
Posted 53 minutes ago at davidtarkington.com
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The era of the church growth movement along with its structure of specialized ministry led to multi-staffed churches with numerous associate pastors, assistant pastors, age-graded pastors, ministry interns, directors of ministry. etc. over the years. I am not saying these... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at davidtarkington.com
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The year 2020 is definitely not proving to be what many anticipated on January 1. Just to add to the odd and disappointing stories we seem to be getting daily, we now have "The Price Is Right" promoting the culture... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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I'm slowly working through the stack of books in my home office that I intended to read during the COVID-19 quarantine. Let's just say that I struggle to find the time to read as much as I would like, even... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The video hit social media yesterday. I saw it on my Twitter feed, not knowing the story. I hit PLAY. And, then I sat in silence. "What did I just watch?" "Is this real?" "Wait...this wasn't for some YouTube crowd-funded... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. I am reminded daily when I receive updates and prayer requests regarding the health challenges and hospitalizations of church members, the reported deaths of those in our communities and families,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Burnout. It is a concept that most men, regardless of vocation, understand. We have all heard the warnings. We have heard, and even likely repeated some of the statements related to pacing oneself better for health living. We know that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The quote "Don't just do something, stand there" is an obvious play on words and meant to grab your attention. This quote has been attributed to Dwight Eisenhower, Lewis Carroll, and even Clint Eastwood. For those interested in where the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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When the coronavirus pandemic hit and stay-at-home orders began, our church did what most others did. We moved to online services only and canceled numerous mid-week gatherings and previously scheduled ministry events. Our biggest concern was serving our Lord while... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Perhaps one of the most ignored disciplines or practices in the church today is the lament. Our music, at least popular Christian music, tends to focus on the celebratory, joyous, positive-thinking themes. While certainly there should be worship music that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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You have likely heard it. You may even have said it during these days of the pandemic "I can't wait until things get back to normal." This is just my opinion, but I don't think whatever "normal" was for us... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Each week I join a Zoom meeting (like many, I have become accustomed to numerous online meetings and gatherings and have had more meetings using the app Zoom than ever before) with other pastors in our region. The purpose is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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You have likely seen the headlines... "Louisiana Pastor Defies Coronavirus Order, Draws Over 1,000 People to Services" (NBC News) "Florida Pastor Arrested After Defying Virus Orders" (NY Times) "Churches Hold Crowded Services In Defiance of Government Coronavirus Guidance (Fox News)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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"Loneliness is killing us, and we don't even realize it." (p. 6) This opening line in chapter one of Jack Eason's forthcoming book The Loneliness Solution not only draws in the reader but makes a bold declaration. Loneliness is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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A number of years ago I began writing this blog. I wasn’t sure what blogging was and while blogging likely peaked in popularity on personal sites like mine a few years ago, I continue to post thoughts and insights, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Like you, I fight the information overload that occurs in our culture. With 24-hour news updates online and on television, multiple messages targeted to different groups regarding the same issues, and even conflicting information based on source, it can be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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When we speak of things going viral, most often it is simply a term used to describe a trending news story or tweet. In fact, for the past few years, to get a story to go viral has been the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The respectful Christian is an obedient Christian. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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In our city and region, sports teams are powerful influencers. While I am sure those sports fans from historic Title Towns like Green Bay, Chicago, New York, and Boston would claim that the energy here regarding sports pales in comparison... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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I am not a church planter. Most of you probably know that. I pastor what has been called by various entities an "established church," a "legacy church," an "historic church," and other things. Basically, I pastor an older church. Our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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As a lifelong Baptist who grew up in a family that moved every few years due to my father's military service, I have been part of a number of Baptist churches. For the most part, during the 1970s and 1980s,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Every local church has members who decide for one reason or another to leave the fellowship. The reasons people have for leaving are varied. Some reasons are godly and prayerfully considered. Some are selfish and consumeristic. Some leave angrily and/or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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The expansion of churches and gospel ministries is an outgrowth of the Great Commission and in our nation today (and elsewhere) planting new churches in areas of increased population density where few, if any, gospel churches exist seems to be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at davidtarkington.com
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Last week, during a "Parents Night Out" event sponsored by the children's and preschooler's family ministry, I was the guest for a time titled "Pizza with the Pastor." It was during this hour I joined our elementary school-aged children. When... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at davidtarkington.com
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In 1926 Ernest Hemingway published his novel The Sun Also Rises. As with many Hemingway books, this one became a best-seller and remains in print today. This character Mike Campbell was asked about his money troubles and responded with this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at davidtarkington.com